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For those without the leisure time required to read through my userboxes: former Astronomy grad student (MS), with another MS in Mechanical Engineering (focusing on alternative fuel use and maximizing efficiency in developing countries) and BSs in Physics and Mechanical Engineering; interested in galaxy-scale out to large-scale structure, with work on Milky Way structure and history via tidal streams and low metallicity red K-giants, from the Warner and Swasey Observatory at Kitt Peak National Observatory. I enjoy researching primary sources, adding missing information, fixing errors, making things look pleasing, ordered, and complete, taking & manipulating photos, standardization & consistency within articles, citations, and templates, and automation wherever (reasonably) possible. Being bludgeoned with perspective my entire academic life life has taught me to not give a fuck, but in the best possible way. So please, assume good faith, then speak your mind, be brief and concise, don't be afraid to follow or break convention, as long as you're not a dick. You can expect the same.


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Activity/Putting my OCD to good useEdit

Special pages (maintenance) Information
Broken redirects
Dead-end pages Dead-end pages
Dormant pages Dusty articles
DoubleRedirects Double redirects
Lonely pages Orphaned articles
Long pages
New pages New page patrol
New pages feed Page curation
Protected pages Protection policy
Short pages
Uncategorized Categorization
Uncategorized cats
Uncategorized templates
Unused categories
Unused files (images)
Unused templates
Without interwiki links
Most interwiki links
Most-wanted articles
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 This user uses AutoWikiBrowser to quickly make repetitive edits.


    {{Taxonbar}} related improvements (talk).
    Fixing typos & WP:MOS things.
    Fixing various/CS1 maintenance & error categories (random worst offenders).
    Fixing Category:Pages using deprecated image syntax (some examples).
    Removing {{Orphan}} tags from pages with 3+ incoming mainspace links.
    General article & citation cleanup of ~56,000 articles in Category:Astronomy via AWB & my good friend, regex. Fixes include, but aren't limited to:
        Parsing author & editor lists (talk, talk).
        Standardizing |year=/|date= citation usage where appropriate (talk).
        Standardizing L, R, M, etc. usage. Adding those templates to articles, when appropriate (talk).
        Trying to standardize use of parsecs first, light-years second, where appropriate (talk, talk).
    Taking bites out of the WikiProject Astronomy cleanup listing, and perusing WP:Vital articles/Physical sciences#Astronomy.
        Finding pages with unintentional links to disambiguation pages and fixing the easy ones. Sometimes I'm even on the leaderboard.
        Finding, adding, and formatting proper references to remove {{citation needed}} tags, reference errors, and hidden categories for astronomy articles.
    Sometimes listening to the sound of Wikipedia.

To doEdit

    Standardize MOS:DateFormat for astro articles (tbd).
    Make article stub on A3558.
    Expand on the differences between galaxy groups and clusters (talk).

Not doing (anymore)Edit

    Converting {{IUCN}}s & bare-cites/refs to {{Cite journal}} (talk, talk, talk) (satisfying examples) — need more consensus one way or the other.
    Updating IUCN conservation status (talk) (some examples) — better & easier to do via Wikidata.
    Populating the more-difficult-to-find {{Infobox galaxy cluster}} statistics (member #, velocity dispersion, ICM temperature, mass) from journal articles for the most popular Abell clusters — doing so for all would take way too much time and wouldn't be as much benefit.

Never doneEdit

    Adding {{Redirect category shell}} to single-redirect-template #REDIRECTs (via Tom.Bot, BRfA denied).

Done (large and/or systematic changes)Edit

    Luamatically standardize WP:TOL categories (talk) (T203355).
    Populating, correcting, standardizing minor planets' categories & sortkeys from the JPL SBDB, using AWB, C#, and lots o' RegEx.
    Replaced typographic ligatures like fi ff fl ffi ffl with plain-text, where appropriate (talk).
    Added {{Taxonbar}} to all pages with a valid WikiData IUCN ID (talk).
    Added {{Redirect category shell}} to multiple-redirect-template #REDIRECTs (talks).
    AWB Night-mode style.css
    Category:Minor planets maintenance (talk)
    Category:Astronomical objects by year of discovery maintenance (talk)
    Category:Numbered asteroids maintenance (talk)
    Helped reduce the Cleanup listing for WikiProject Astronomy to the lowest it has ever been as a % of astronomy articles: 11.7% at inception, 31.7% on 18 February 2012, and now 9.2% on 19 May 2015. Done mostly via #REDIRECTing ~12,000 unnotable asteroid stubs (talk).
    Helped with the CarloscomB cleanup.
    Extended the "Earth-Moon-thing" size-comparison format to 8 more Solar System objects between the size of Enceladus and Titania (talk).
    List all most pages in Category:Astronomy (here and here); list of all numbered asteroids here.
    Resolve ambiguities surrounding cluster designations for many NGC articles.
    Template related:

    Consistify & expand parameters & documentation for the {{IUCN}} family of templates to remove CS1 errors.
    Added many needed parameters to {{Infobox astro object}}.
    Added documentation to the {{NGCX}} family of templates.
    Added |Velocity dispersion=, |Flux=, and |Distance (co-moving)= parameters to {{infobox galaxy cluster}}.
    Add notes and helpful wikicode to all {{Infobox galaxy cluster}} parameters for clarity and consistent usage.
    Created & transcluded {{Infobox supercluster}} to all superclusters.

    Abell catalog related:

    Turned the boring, ugly, unorganized List of Abell clusters into this very nice table while adding ra, dec, Abell richness, and BM type (inspired by this heroic effort by User:Dr. Submillimeter).
    Added |Bautz-Morgan type= parameter to {{Infobox galaxy cluster}}. Populated it and |richness class= for all List of Abell clusters and Category:Abell objects, respectively.
    Created and assigned 6 new categories for/to all Abell cluster richness 0-5.
    Corrected all Abell cluster pages with {{Infobox galaxy}} to {{Infobox galaxy cluster}}.
    Made {{Catalogs}} variable width so it looks nicer at the bottom of a page (talk), and added it to all Abell object pages.
    Populated the easily gotten {{Infobox galaxy cluster}} statistics (α, δ, constellation, z, co-moving distance, x-ray flux) from NED for all Abell cluster pages.

    Organized the List of galaxy clusters and removed synonymous usage of galaxy clusters with galaxy groups.

AWB feature requests (outdated)Edit

Still-open: 2 3 4 5 66 7 9 10 12 13 14 15 17
Endorsed (still open): 1616
Incorporated into AWB: 1 11Still buggy
Workaround/alt solution is sufficient: 8[\d\D]{936,} 18Tools.WordCount(ArticleText)


Arp 107 (via Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies)Calcium monohydride (via Inorganic compounds by element)Coronet cluster (via Corona Australis)Galactic ridge(via Milky Way)Kilonova (via Gamma-ray burst)Nuclear pasta (via Neutron star)Virgocentric flow (via Virgo Cluster)Virial mass (via Binding energy and Gravitational binding energy)

Pages & templates significantly contributed to (and improved, hopefully)Edit

    List of Abell clustersVelocity dispersionEridanus clusterAstrophysical X-ray sourceAntlia ClusterAbell 520Abell 2199Coma ClusterKitt Peak National ObservatoryVirgocentric flowCalcium monohydride
    {{Authority control}}{{Taxonbar}}{{Deg2DMS}}{{Infobox astro object}}{{Infobox galaxy cluster}} ★ {{Infobox globular cluster}} ★ {{Infobox star}} ★ {{Catalogs}} ★ {{Earth radius}} ★ {{Jupiter radius}}

Pages, templates, and categories createdEdit

    {{Navseasoncats}}{{Category described in year}} ★ {{The Banstar Barnstar}} ★ {{NASTRO comment}}{{Partial minor planet designation}} ★ {{Cite compare2}} ★ {{Deg2HMS}}{{hub}}{{Infobox supercluster}} ★ {{Solar luminosity}} ★ {{Solar radius}} ★ {{Lunar mass}} ★ {{Lunar radius}} ★ {{Fe/H}} ★ {{alpha/Fe}} ★ {{WikiCat topicon}}
    Bautz-Morgan classification
    Abell 133Abell 262Abell 478Abell 665Abell 907Abell 1413Abell 1795Abell 1991Abell 2390
    NGC 1721NGC 1723NGC 1725NGC 1728Pages in Category:Astronomy
    Category:Potentially hazardous asteroids
    Many, many #REDIRECTs. Mostly capitalization and typo-related, plus ~11,000 minor planet sub/stub #Rs.

Useful links & code (personal, yet public, cheat sheet)Edit

Astronomy related/reference materialEdit


  1. ^ "Dictionary of Nomenclature of Celestial Objects". Simbad. Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014. Avoid the usage of Cr, prefer Collinder

Other meta help/search toolsEdit



Template parser functions, calculation, and logic (not formatting related)Edit


Unit conversion, notation, and special charactersEdit

  • {{HMS2Deg|22|06|15}} →  331.5625
  • {{Deg2HMS|331.5625|p=0|sup=yes}} →  22h 6m 15s

  • {{#expr: (200/6) * 2 round 3}} →  66.667
  • : [ ] { | } →  : [ ] { | }
  • - – — & σ Σ λ Λ * →  - – — & σ Σ λ Λ *
  • ±  ≈ ≉ ≟ ≠ ≡ ≢ ≣ ≤ ≥
≦ ≧ ≨ ≩ ≪ ≫ ≬ ≭ ≮ ≯
≰ ≱ ≲ ≳ ≴ ≵ ≶ ≷ ≸ ⋅
× ☉ ♃ ⊕ ☾


  • Columns:
    • {{cmn|colwidth=15em| ... }} →  the best list-option—continuously determines how many columns best fit the page.
    • {{cmn|3|
       * some
       * bulleted
       * list
      →  splits that list up dynamically(!) into 3 (forced) columns.
    • See {{div col}} for more variants.
  • {| cellpadding="0" style="vertical-align:top; float: right;" border="0"
     |- valign="top"
     | [[Image:blah.gif|thumb|top|300px|Caption text.]]
     | [[Image:stuff.jpg|thumb|top|300px|Things.]]
    →  is an easy way to lay pictures horizontally rather than vertically.
  • {{clear}} →  forces horizontal white space until next section, usually after a picture.
  •   →  Non     -     Breaking     SPace. Ascii chr 160, instead of ascii 32 (typical keyboard space).
  • [[File:Santa riding a dinosaur with Jesus with a lightsaber.jpg|275px|right|thumb|Caption this]] →  inserts a variable size picture and caption text.
  • <span> <div> <gallery widths="300px" heights="300px"> →  (usually) prettifies things.
  • <pre style="width:50%; height:150px; overflow:scroll;"> →  Begins a scrolling list.
  • {{para|date}} →  |date=
  • {{keypress|Alt|F4}} →  Alt+F4
  • {{hidden begin
     | title = '''Some ordered list'''
     | titlestyle = text-align:center;
     | border = 1px solid}}
    # some
    # ordered
    # list
    {{hidden end}}
Some ordered list
  1. some
  2. ordered
  3. list
  • <div class="template-documentation iezoomfix"> Template documentation background </div> → 
Template documentation background
  • <syntaxhighlight lang="css">.citation-comment {display: inline !important;}</syntaxhighlight> → 
.citation-comment {display: inline !important;}

Citations & linksEdit

  • User:Tom.Reding#Frequently used links & code →  links directly to subsections of an article.
  • {{anchor|Foo}} to be used to link to [[User:Tom.Reding#Foo]]'s in-page position.
  • <span id="Simpler section title"></span> for [[User:Tom.Reding#Simpler subsection title]] linking when special characters are used.
  • <ref name="Reding">...</ref> ... <ref name="Reding" /> →  to name your refs for easy reref'ing later in the same article.
  • {{Refimprove|date=September 2019}} or {{Refneeded|date=September 2019}} →  use occasionally.
  • {{Citation needed|date={{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTYEAR}}}} →  use liberally.
  • {{Sky|03|28|13.8|-|20|44|40|321000000}} →  links to wikisky (not whiskey). Put after references. 321000000 = lightyears (for zoom level!).
  • {{tq}} makes nice-looking in-line talk-quotes.
  • [[Special:Diff/1]] →  Easy WP:PERMALINK to diffs.

Other wikicodeEdit

  • #REDIRECT [[Tidal force]] + {{an R template}}→  is all you need to have as the body in a redirect page.
  • <code><nowiki> w/e </nowiki></code>, {{tl|sometemplate}}, {{t1|blah}}, {{tlx|etc|a{{=}}1|b{{=}}2}} →  make everything above.
  • <tt><nowiki> blah </nowiki></tt> →  or this (which doesn't highlight the background).